8 February 2021

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esterre restaurant is awarded its first michelin star

We are delighted to announce that the Tokyo Palace Hotel’s signature French restaurant, Esterre, has been awarded its first Michelin star. The fine-dining restaurant, which sources the highest quality local ingredients before preparing them using French culinary techniques, has been recognised as a one-star restaurant in the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2021. 

Esterre’s Western take on serving up the best produce from Japan was noted as a particular point of interest in the Michelin Guide. This homage to French dining was founded in partnership with Alain Ducasse, a French-born chef who operates some of the finest restaurants around the world. That includes the three Michelin starred Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester. 

Land and Sea

Translated as ‘mother earth’ in the Occitan dialect spoken in the southwest of France where Ducasse was born, the Esterre restaurant tells the story of the encounter between the land and sea. Dishes are painstakingly prepared and curated using the outstanding produce of Japan. That includes Misuji (shoulder cut) from Tochigi Japanese beef and butter and cheese from Adonai, a small cheese factory in Hokkaido. 

The Chef, Martin Pitarque Palomar, also orders the finest caviar, cheese and more than 600 wines from France. It is this combination of outstanding local produce combined with authentic French techniques that has made Esterre one of the finest French restaurants in Tokyo.

The History of Esterre

The restaurant first opened its doors in November 2019 with Chef Martin Pitarque Palomar at the helm. He trained at a two-star restaurant before serving as an executive sous chef at the three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. Under his guidance, it has taken little more than 18 months for Esterre to become one of the most talked-about Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo. 

While the food is undoubtedly the star of the show, the luxurious dining room offers commanding views of the Imperial Palace gardens and moats. As the city lights up in the evening, Tokyo Tower glitters in the distance and the lights of the skyscrapers highlight the visual juxtaposition between old and new – land and sea. 

Delighted to Achieve my Goal

On becoming the most recent Michelin-starred restaurant in Tokyo, Chef Palomar said: “Although it has been a turbulent year, I am delighted to achieve my goal of posting in the Michelin Guide in the first year. We will continue  to cherish Japanese terroir and take on new challenges by creating dishes that fully express the blessing of Japan’s land and sea.”  

Although the borders of Japan are currently closed to international travellers, we welcome English speakers within the Tokyo area to dine at Esterre and look forward to welcoming international travellers when restrictions are lifted.

Book your table at the Esterre French restaurant in Tokyo today.